The provisional 2017 World Superbike calendar has been released, but unlike the MotoGP calendar, which is unchanged, there are a couple of minor differences to the schedule. The World Superbike class will contest 13 rounds, just as they did in 2016, spread across three continents. Sepang and Jerez have been dropped, and Portimao makes a comeback.
It was smart strategy that won Chaz Davies the opening race of the French round of WorldSBK but in Race 2 it was patience and perseverance that won out. The Welshman clocked up his third win in four races and each have come in very different circumstances. A dominant victory in Germany started this rich vein of form but France showed how strong Davies has become. Having the mental strength to stick to his guns, and his intermediate tyre choice, in the opening race was contrasted with his patience in waiting for an opportunity to pass the Kawasaki riders in Race 2.
WorldSBK standings after the second race at Magny-Cours:
World Supersport standings after the French round at Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike and World Supersport races from Magny-Cours:
World Superbike race two was twenty one laps of Magny-Cours on a dry track, but one that's a lot colder than it was on Friday.
World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.
The decision on whether to be conservative or aggressive with your choices wasn't the key in Magny-Cours rather it was just about having belief in your convictions. With a drying track Chaz Davies was one of the few riders to start the race with intermediate tires and the gamble proved worth the risk for Davies as he romped to victory.
In the early stages with a wet track Davies was a sitting duck to riders with more grip from full wet weather tires. The Welshman even said afterwards that “I was so slow that I wouldn't have been surprised if someone had hit me!”
Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and Saturday's first World Superbike race in France: